Access to Higher Education

Entry Requirements

Access to Higher Education courses are designed for people who do not have the qualifications to enable them to study a university level course. An interview for the course will enable you to discuss the qualifications you have and English and maths assessments will determine if you are working at the required level.

GCSE English and maths are a requirement of many universities and it advisable to achieve these at grade C or above before starting the Access to Higher Education course.


Our Access to Higher Education courses provide a nationally recognised entry route to university and are studied in a year. They are delivered over two days, enabling you to work or volunteer alongside your academic studies. The Access to Higher Education courses help you to learn in a way that supports your progression, building your confidence, skills and knowledge to study at a higher-level. They are designed for mature students who have both life and work experience and are motivated to learn. The support and guidance from our experienced tutors will help you to develop the study skills required by universities and specific subject knowledge. This is a demanding Level 3 qualification and applicants will be interviewed to determine their commitment and aptitude to the course. As part of the interview process learners will be required to carry out English and maths assessments.

The Access to Higher Education courses can offer you progression routes into a range of areas including, nursing, teaching, children’s learning and development, psychology, social work, business and humanities. You should however check with individual universities if the subjects you will be studying are part of their entry requirements for your chosen course. Bracknell and Wokingham College offers a range of higher level courses, see details in the prospectus.

Not ready for Access to Higher Education?

The college offers a range of qualifications to help you prepare for an Access to Higher Education Course. You can study these alongside your maths and English GCSEs or Functional Skills. Come along to an interview so that we discuss how we can support your progression.

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Ask our Enquiries & Admissions team by email or call on 01344 868600

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